Last updated: 2017-04-24
CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports sturgeon fishing activity on the Rainy River has increased with most anglers having some success. Several animal complaints were handled throughout the week. Enforcement action taken included ATV violations.
CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) monitored the spring fish run and ongoing catch and release sturgeon season, fire and burning activities, trapping, and ATV activities. Many positive reports were heard from sturgeon anglers both in regards to the weather and catch rate of the prehistoric fish. Those after suckers have had less success and believe the main run has already happened. Although the anglers were pleased with the nice weather it has also kept the fire danger up in the area.
CO Colleen Adam (Ray) reports river fishing has been steady and lakeshore owners are getting watercraft secured at the docks. Reminder to check all recreation vehicle registration validations. Officer Adam responded to wildfires and OHV issues. Owners are reminded to review regulations related to allowing juvenile operation of ATVs and OHMs.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area lakes and rivers. Public access sites were checked as well as area forest roads.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers and followed up on several littering complaints.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent the week dealing with netting issues on Lake Vermilion. The hatchery finished their netting this week on the Pike River. There were a couple of severely injured deer that had to be euthanized. The officer is also investigating illegal angling in a spawning area.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked spring fishing activity, anglers, ATV?s and OHM?s, invasive species enforcement, investigated a complaint of a dead deer, tribal netting on Lake Vermilion, a birch stick theft complaint, assisted Hibbing PD with a suspicious person call, and State Patrol on an ATV DWI and a car crash in the Pengilly station. Enforcement action was taken on OHV trespass, insufficient PFD?s, boat registration, a traffic violation, open bottle, and several ATV violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) investigated reports of trappers dumping beaver carcasses on public land. Spring fish run activity has picked up and numerous sucker anglers were checked along the St Louis River. ATV and OHM activity has picked up with enforcement action being taken for allowing illegal operation of ATVs and OHMs by juveniles.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) reports lots of rain throughout the week has caused high water in creeks and soggy conditions around the area. Question was posed on purchasing and releasing turkeys on private land. This is illegal due to disease and genetic issues. Deer are having fawns now, once again leave the fawns be.